Your Ultimate Guide to Sun Signs

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When it comes to astrology, the Sun sign seems to get all of the credit—and for good reason. Your Sun sign is the aspect that gives us the most information about who you are at the core. Simply put, your Sun sign represents the sign that the Sun was in at the time of your birth.

The Sun sign is the sign that most accurately describes your emotional self, the person that you keep secret from the world around you. Learning about your Sun sign will help you connect with those around you. Have you ever heard that you can’t love someone else without loving yourself? That is the message being sent to you right now,

While there are many signs that exist within your chart, few can paint as accurate a picture as your Sun sign.

What is a Sun Sign?

The Sun sign is the sign that you probably connect with the most. When someone asks, “what is your sign?” Your answer is most likely your Sun sign. The Sun sign represents the constellation that the Sun was passing through at the time of your birth.

How to Find Your Sun Sign

The dates for each of the twelve Sun signs change every year. Your Sun sign is determined by the day and year you were born.

Sun Sign Dates

While the official dates change each year, there is a certain timeline that can guide you towards your Sun sign.

  • Aries: March 21st – April 19th
  • Taurus: April 20th – May 20th
  • Gemini: May 21st – June 20th
  • Cancer: June 21st – July 22nd
  • Leo: July 23rd – August 22nd
  • Virgo: August 23rd – September 22nd
  • Libra: September 23rd – October 22nd
  • Scorpio: October 23rd – November 21st
  • Sagittarius: November 22nd – December 21st
  • Capricorn: December 22nd – January 19th
  • Aquarius: January 20th – February 18th
  • Pisces: February 19th – March 20th

The movements of the Sun change each year, so your Sun sign may change from one website to another. This does not mean that the information is wrong, but rather that it is simply coming from a different source.

What If I Am “On the Cusp“?

Some people are born right as the Sun is moving from one sign to the next. For instance, if you were born on February 19th, you may display traits of both Aquarius and Pisces—like spontaneity and a desire to help your fellow man.

Cusp signs are a taboo topic in astrology, as many astrologers believe the concept of a cusp sign to exist as purely fictional.

Yet, it cannot be denied that many people born under the cusp can feel a pull towards both of the signs under which they fall. While cusp signs may not be Universally recognized, it doesn’t mean that they are any less real.

What Does Your Sun Sign Say About You?

Sun Sign in Aries

Aries is ruled by aggressive, assertive Mars, giving this sign a sense of confidence and motivation. Aries are not afraid to go after the things that they want or stand up for the things they believe in.

This is a sign of self-assurance and ability.

Sun Sign in Taurus

Taurus is ruled by beauty-seeking Venus, a planet that imparts a sense of appreciation for the sensual things in life. Taurus maintains a close relationship with the natural world, desiring a connection to Mother Nature.

This is a sign of beauty and love.

Sun Sign in Gemini

Gemini is ruled by communicative Mercury, a planet that imparts a sense of wisdom onto this sign.

Gemini is a sign of sharing, whether through the sharing of feelings through words or the gift of writing. Geminis are creative and focused on clear and open communication.

Sun Sign in Cancer

Cancer is ruled by the emotional Moon, making this a sensitive, intuitive sign. Cancers are connected to their internal wisdom, and they thrive from a connection to their instincts.

This is a sign of psychic wisdom and emotional understanding.

Sun Sign in Leo

Leo is ruled by the life-giving Sun, who blesses this sign with confidence and magnetism. Leos are loved by almost everyone, and they know how to please a crowd.

This is a sign of entertainment, joy, and self-confidence.

Sun Sign in Virgo

Virgo is another sign ruled by communicative Mercury. However, this sign is more concerned with hard work. Virgos are perfectionists, and they want their work to reflect their professional attitudes.

Virgos are patient, kind, and willing to do whatever it takes to achieve their goals.

Sun Sign in Libra

Libra shares a ruling planet with Taurus; Venus imparts a love for beauty and justice onto this sign. Libras are fair and concerned with balance in all areas of life.

This is a sign of peace, harmony, and beauty.

Sun Sign in Scorpio

Scorpio is ruled by the secretive planet Pluto, which gives this sign a focus on all of the hidden aspects of life. Scorpios are drawn into the mysteries of life, concerned with anything that might exist below the surface.

This is a sign of curiosity.

Sun Sign in Sagittarius

Sagittarius is ruled by the expansive planet Jupiter, whose benevolence knows no bounds. Sags are optimistic and future-oriented, always looking toward future possibilities.

This is a sign of plentiful bounty and hope for the future.

Sun Sign in Capricorn

Ruled by Saturn, Capricorns take on a serious role. Caps are focused on success and achievements, and they rarely stop to smell the flowers.

Capricorns are driven and tenacious. This is a sign of practicality and a focus on goals.

Sun Sign in Aquarius

Aquarius is a sign ruled by spontaneous Uranus, a planet that brings surprises and chance encounters. Aquarians are futuristic and humanitarian, concerned with how to help their fellow man.

This is a sign of innovation and discovery.

Sun Sign in Pisces

Pisces is ruled by loving, empathetic Neptune, bringing a sense of understanding to those born under this sign. Pisces are dreamers who can spend plenty of time in their heads, living in their fantasies.

This is a sign of intuition and creativity.

What Is the Difference Between a Sun Sign, a Star Sign, & a Zodiac Sign?

This is a great question with a simple answer—there is no difference!

Here at Astrology Answers, we like to use the phrase “star sign,” yet many websites use the phrase “Sun sign” or “zodiac sign.” The truth is that these phrases refer to the same thing—the position of the Sun at the time of your birth.

Why is the Sun Sign so Important?

Your Sun sign describes who you are at the core of your being. However, this isn’t the only important sign within your chart.

Sun Sign vs. Moon Sign

While your Sun sign describes who you are at a core level, your Moon sign depicts how you connect to the world around you. Your Moon sign represents the constellation that the Moon was in at the time of your birth.

The Moon sign is connected to your emotional self and describes how you connect emotionally to those you love.

Sun Sign vs. Rising Sign

Your Rising sign shows how you present yourself to the world. The Rising sign represents the constellation that was rising on the Eastern border at the time of your birth. Your Rising sign depicts your personality on a surface level.

Learning more about your Rising sign can show you how you appear to those around you, while your Sun sign describes who you are at a core level.

How Long Does Each Sun Sign Season Last?

The Sun spends about a month in each sign, which is why there are twelve Sun signs. While the Sun doesn’t transit through each sign on the same day that the months change, the Sun transits through each sign for about one month.

Embracing Your Sun Sign

While there are many important signs within your natal chart, there is a good reason for the attention that the Sun sign receives. This sign shows who you are at a core level, describing your personality at its center. The Sun sign is by no means the most important sign in your chart, but it gives you a better, clearer idea of who you are in your center.

Learning to embrace and appreciate your sign will help you embrace and appreciate yourself.

Related article: The Ultimate Guide to Your Moon Sign

About The Author

Rhiannon Liselle

Rhiannon Liselle is a nomadic Sagittarius with a passion for writing and trying to help others grow. She’s studied astrology for about 10 years, and has been writing about metaphysical, spiritual, and esoteric subjects for 3 years. Rhiannon lives in the mountains of Colorado, and loves drinking coffee and spending time with her coloring books.
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